Reactions most of the time are congratulations, God bless you and they say if you can handle a family of 12 children, you can handle the state finances.

There was one area of the state he did not buy TV and that was Metro East. Where we went head-to-head in the absence of TV ads, we won 2-1.

At the beginning of March or the end of February, the Chicago Tribune had a poll and I was leading 14 percent and he had 8 percent.

You never know where a veteran is going to pop up. You don't recognize a veteran on the street. They don't wear it on their sleeve.

In this particular race, I think it was certainly the deciding factor.

You're either for fairness or you're not. You're either for equal treatment or you're not. Part of my fiber is that everyone is entitled to equal protection under the law, regardless of sexual orientation.

If two individuals love one another and care about each other, that's what life is supposed to be about. It's all a fairness issue, once again. I support recognition of civil unions and I would support legislation that recognizes the realities of a loving, caring relationship between two individuals, regardless of gender.

He had not been on TV. He went out and saturated the airwaves. He went up to 31 percent and I went up to 18 percent.

It would be inappropriate for me to comment on an ongoing investigation.